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Report: Tarantino Pitches STAR TREK Concept to J.J. Abrams

Report: Tarantino Pitches STAR TREK Concept to J.J. Abrams

In the eternal battle over the question “Star Trek or Star Wars,” famed director Quentin Tarantino has made it clear whose side he’s on. He is much more a fan of the Voyager than of the Millennium Falcon. And now he has put his money where his mouth is, having developed a new idea for the potential future of the franchise, which he pitched to director J.J. Abrams (who rebooted the Star Trek franchise in 2009 to much accolades).

Tarantino said of his lover for Star Trek: “The only thing that limited them was their ’60s budget and eight-day shooting schedule,” he said. “You could take some of the classic Star Trek episodes and easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some amazing, amazing stuff.” He was referring of course to the original TV show from a while back.

Both directors are busy with 2019 projects, Abrams with Star Wars: Episode IX, and Tarantino for a Charles Manson-related project. But Tarantino has apparently made a full pitch to the younger director, who would be directing the new film under this theory.

Star Trek’s last installment, Discovery, did not exactly tear down the house, with disappointing worldwide box office numbers. Still, the studio has green lit a fourth film, one in which Chris Hemsworth of all people plays Chris Pine’s (Captain Kirk’s) father. The Tarantino project/pitch is most likely not a part of this story. It is not clear what the studio will do with it, in fact, except they have said that they are developing a writers’ room to explore the concepts.

This could be a very interesting (read: violent?) Star Trek, indeed, if it ever got made anyway.

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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